Best Gluten-Free Bakery (2018)


It used to be that eating gluten-free meant forgoing breads, cupcakes, cookies and other decadent desserts. Not so anymore! Thanks to a wave of inventive gluten-free bakeries cooking up flourless desserts and baked goods just as indulgent as their traditional counterparts, gluten-free eaters have plenty of ways to satisfy a sweet tooth.

  • Twist Bakery & Cafe

    Twist Bakery & Cafe
    Millis, Mass.

    Twist Bakery offers both sweet and savory gluten-free options, like sandwiches on house made bulkie rolls, salads, paninis, burgers, soups and sweet treats. Specialty cakes like carrot, Italian rum, chocolate raspberry and Boston cream pie come in a variety of sizes. A second location is in the worlds for fall of 2018.
    Photo courtesy of Twist Bakery & Cafe

  • Sweet Cake Bake Shop

    Sweet Cake Bake Shop
    Salt Lake City

    Everything at Sweet Cake Bake Shop in Salt Lake City is made from scratch daily with gluten-free ingredients and no added preservatives. The menu changes daily but always features cupcakes, cookies, bars, bread, muffins, bundts, pies and cheesecakes.
    Photo courtesy of Sweet Cake Bake Shop

  • Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery

    Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery
    Hinsdale, Ill.

    Sweet Ali’s, a certified gluten-free bakery, specializes in baked goods for those with food allergies, including breads, muffins, cakes, cookies, bars and pies. Those looking for savory options can opt for pizza and quiche, while home cooks can pick up gluten-free flour, brownie, cake and pancake mixes for a meal at home.
    Photo courtesy of Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery / Facebook

  • Gluten Free Gem

    Gluten Free Gem
    Portland, Ore.

    The folks at Gluten Free Gem in Portland create cakes, muffins, doughnuts, brownies and other sweet treats that stand up to any traditional bakery when it comes to taste, texture and appearance. The facility is certified GFCO, so there’s no risk of cross contamination.
    Photo courtesy of Gluten Free Gem

  • Cherbourg Bakery

    Cherbourg Bakery
    Bexley, Ohio

    Cherbourg Bakery specializes in gluten and nut-free baked goods, made with local and minimally processed ingredients like local farm butter and eggs, and only two flours. All items–muffins, doughnuts, cookies and scones–are made fresh daily in small batches.
    Photo courtesy of Cherbourg Bakery

  • Lilac Patisserie

    Lilac Patisserie
    Santa Barbara

    This dedicated gluten-free bakery and cafe in Santa Barbara is best known for its stunning cakes, including the signature Bananas Foster Cake. The menu also covers breakfast, lunch and dessert, with items like cookies, cupcakes, tarts and seasonal pies.
    Photo courtesy of Vanessa Weber / Lilac Patisserie

  • Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery

    Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery
    Pewaukee, Wis.

    The egg, dairy and gluten-free offerings at Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery in Wisconsin include sliced breads, dinner rolls, hamburger buns and pizza dough, as well as sweet treats like cakes, pies, cookies and brownies.
    Photo courtesy of Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery

  • The Happy Tart

    The Happy Tart
    Alexandria, Va.

    The Happy Tart takes inspiration from a classic French patisserie, serving up delectable gluten-free versions of cakes, crepes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, tarts, petit fours, eclairs, macarons and bread. Diners can enjoy these sweet treats alongside naturally gluten-free ciders and meads from the region.
    Photo courtesy of The Happy Tart

  • Dedicated


    There's something for just about every taste at Dedicated, a gluten-free bakery and cafe in Tucson. Big appetites can opt for sandwiches and salads, while those with a sweet tooth can choose between cookies, brownies, cakes, doughnuts, muffins, eclairs, scones and other sweet treats.
    Photo courtesy of Dedicated

  • Gluten Free Cutie

    Gluten Free Cutie
    Roswell, Ga.

    Created especially for children with food allergies, Gluten Free Cutie bakes up a range of gluten, dairy, egg, soy and nut-free items, including cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, scones and muffins. The weekday lunch menu features things like salad, soup, mac & cheese and pretzel dogs.
    Photo courtesy of Gluten Free Cutie


The top 10 winners in the category Best Gluten-Free Bakery are as follows:

  1. Twist Bakery & Cafe - Millis, Mass.
  2. Sweet Cake Bake Shop - Salt Lake City
  3. Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery - Hinsdale, Ill.
  4. Gluten Free Gem - Portland, Ore.
  5. Cherbourg Bakery - Bexley, Ohio
  6. Lilac Patisserie - Santa Barbara
  7. Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery - Pewaukee, Wis.
  8. The Happy Tart - Alexandria, Va.
  9. Dedicated - Tucson
  10. Gluten Free Cutie - Roswell, Ga.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Kim Koeller (Gluten & Allergy Free Passport) and Erin Smith (Gluten-Free Globetrotter) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the country's gluten-free food scene.

Congratulations to all these winning bakeries!

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